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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

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Address: Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 782 3461
10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Gulbenkian complex features a museum that houses a magnificent private...

The Gulbenkian complex features a museum that houses a magnificent private collection of Persian art, Egyptian sculptures, and paintings by the Old Masters. Calouste Gulbenkian's collection of paintings includes works by Bouts, Van de Weyden, Lochner, Cima de Conegliano, Carpaccio, Rubens, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Guardi, Gainsborough, Romney, Lawrence, Fragonard, Corot, Renoir, Nattier, Boucher, Manet, Degas and Monet. A favourite sculpture of his was the marble original of Houdon's famous Diana, which had belonged to Catherine of Russia and which Gulbenkian purchased from the Hermitage Museum in 1930.

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Eclectic Mix of Wonderfully Varied Works of Art

We stumbled onto these wonderful collections by chance - paintings, porcelain, statuary, carpets, etc. - Worldwide collections, from many different ages; all top quality... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stumbled onto these wonderful collections by chance - paintings, porcelain, statuary, carpets, etc. - Worldwide collections, from many different ages; all top quality selections by the Armenian Gulbenkian and his trust. My favorite story is how he was able to negotiate the purchase of great artwork from the Hermitage in Leningrad in the 1920s as the Communists were, lets... More 

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Whether one starts at the Modern collection or at the Fine Arts collection, one is amazed by the meticulous spacing of the works, and the wonderful lighting that brings out the true colors and nature of the objects, from ancient Egypt through the ages to the present. The architecture is made for the art collected: an collection of exquisite taste.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went primarily for the Lalique collection (which was amazing) but enjoyed looking at everything. Some really amazing glass jars and vases, period furniture, textiles, and artwork you'd expect to see in a museum like the Louvre but can enjoy without the crowds. While I was inside, my husband (not at all interested in Lalique!) wandered around the beautiful park/garden... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I spent most of a morning here, and it was well worth the visit. Although the museum is quite a way from the historic centre of Lisbon where we stayed, it was easy to get to on the Metro, 5 minutes walk from the Praca Espana station. The collection is intimate, unique and eclectic, spanning several millenia.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum has high quality collections from Egypt, Europe and Asia. The collections are displayed in a very nice way. This place also houses items about Portuguese arts and history. Very worth to pay a visit. It is easy to get there through metro. Blue line, get off at Sao Sebastiao station and walk for several minutes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The range of the artifacts is such that there is no feel of a personal "collection". At best it looks like a city museum. If I take the liberty of being more critical, I would say it reminded me of an antiquarians' fair. A good curator could extract from the overall "collection", a selection that would make an exhibition with... More 

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very good collection, definitely showing how much thought and taste has been put into preparing it.. amazing garden, must take a walk..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Museums as I like them. Not too vast so you can enjoy the visit until the end. Masterpieces spread on a wide period of history. Almost empty on a November day, quiet atmosphere, pretty setting and the weather was warm enough and sunny to sit at the cafeteria 's outdoor area in the park. Perfect!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend recommended the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, and so did our exceptional tour guide Paolo from Lisbon Explorer. We went on the hop on hop off bus for which we had tickets on a Sunday morning. No crowds and what an amazing place. The collection was so unlike most museums and so personal and varied from this gentleman who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An outstanding collection of very varied art which can be visited very comfortably, with plenty of seating, and not crowded. Read your guidebook.

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